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2008 United States men's Olympic basketball team

The USA Men's Basketball Team on August 10, 2008.

The 2008 Olympics U.S. Men's Basketball Team represented the United States of America at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. They qualified for the Olympics by winning the FIBA American Championships 2007 held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The team was nicknamed the "Redeem Team", a play on an alternative name for the legendary 1992 squad that was called the "Dream Team", and a reference to the fact that the United States came away with disappointing Bronze Medals during the 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Kobe Bryant was named the team captain and Mike Krzyzewski was named the head coach of the 2008 team. LeBron James, called the "voice of the U.S. team" by Time, stated: "It's the gold, or it's failure."[1] An ESPN program, Road to Redemption, followed the team's preparations.

The United States defeated Spain 118-107 in the final to win the gold. Dwyane Wade was the leading scorer for team USA averaging 16 points per game.[2]

The withdrawal of all major stars prior to the 2004 Olympics and an embarrassing performance of those young and inexperienced who were called to replace them prompted USA Basketball to change its approach to the formation of a national team. As a result, the organization initiated a long-term projected that saw NBA players committing to play for the team long before the start of the 2008 Olympics (instead of hastily accepting invitations merely weeks prior to the start of the tournament). Many 2008 Olympians participated in the 2007 Americas championships, where the US won gold, thus qualifying for the Olympics. The final roster featured eleven NBA All-Stars, a Hall of Fame coach, and an NBA MVP,

RecordEdit

Preliminary RoundEdit

The team competed in Group B of the Preliminary Round

Team W L PF PA PD Pts
  United States 5 0 515 354 +161 10
  Spain 4 1 418 369 +49 9
  Greece 3 2 415 375 +40 8
  China 2 3 366 400 −34 7
  Germany 1 4 330 390 −60 6
  Angola 0 5 321 477 −156 5
2008-08-10
United States   101 – 70   China
2008-08-12
Angola   76 – 97   United States
2008-08-14
United States   92 – 69   Greece
2008-08-16
Spain   82 – 119   United States
2008-08-18
United States   106 – 57   Germany

BracketEdit

Tournament bracketEdit

Quarterfinals
(20-08-2008)
Semifinals
(22-08-2008)
Gold medal game
(24-08-2008)
         
A2   Argentina 80
B3   Greece 78
A2   Argentina 81
B1   United States 101
B1   United States 116
A4   Australia 85
B1   United States 118
B2   Spain 107
B2   Spain 72
A3   Croatia 59
B2   Spain 91
A1   Lithuania 86
A1   Lithuania 94
B4   China 68

RosterEdit

The following is the United States roster in the men's basketball tournament of the 2008 Summer Olympics.[3]

United States men's national basketball team – 2008 Summer Olympics roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
F 4 Boozer, Carlos 26 – (1981-11-20)November 20, 1981 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Utah Jazz  
G 5 Kidd, Jason 35 – (1973-03-23)March 23, 1973 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Dallas Mavericks  
F 6 James, LeBron 23 – (1984-12-30)December 30, 1984 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Cleveland Cavaliers  
G 7 Williams, Deron 24 – (1984-03-24)March 24, 1984 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Utah Jazz  
G 8 Redd, Michael 28 – (1979-08-24)August 24, 1979 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Milwaukee Bucks  
G 9 Wade, Dwyane 26 – (1982-01-17)January 17, 1982 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Miami Heat  
G 10 Bryant, Kobe (C) 29 – (1978-08-23)August 23, 1978 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Los Angeles Lakers  
C 11 Howard, Dwight 22 – (1985-12-08)December 8, 1985 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) Orlando Magic  
F/C 12 Bosh, Chris 24 – (1984-03-24)March 24, 1984 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) Toronto Raptors  
G 13 Paul, Chris 23 – (1985-05-06)May 6, 1985 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) New Orleans Hornets  
F 14 Prince, Tayshaun 28 – (1980-02-28)February 28, 1980 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Detroit Pistons  
F 15 Anthony, Carmelo 24 – (1984-05-29)May 29, 1984 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Denver Nuggets  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on August 9, 2008

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sean Gregory (July 24, 2008). "1. LeBron James - 100 Olympic Athletes To Watch". Time Magazine. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.basketball-reference.com/olympics/teams/USA/2008
  3. ^ "2008 Olympic Basketball Men (FIBA) – United States roster". FIBA. Retrieved 10 October 2012.

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